Medical devices save lives all the time. But, the unfortunate reality is that some medical devices turn out to be more dangerous than helpful. Defective medical devices can change a person's life at a time when he or she probably thinks that things are going to get better. When defective medical devices harm Texans, those individuals need to know the various factors that may be involved in any potential legal action.
Surgical implants can do a lot of good, but if they are defective they can do a lot of harm. Many women in Texas and nationwide have had procedures to place pelvic mesh in their bodies. However, some types of pelvic mesh implants have proven to be defective, leading to painful injuries for patients.
When it comes to medical devices, patients in Houston may feel secure if they learn that the device is cleared by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. However, this security can be misleading. This is because there is a significant difference between a product being FDA cleared and FDA approved.
While dangerous medical devices are receiving more attention in the news these days, it can still be difficult for patients in Texas and across the United States to determine whether a medical device they are considering putting in their body is dangerous or has a history of being defective. Americans should be able to depend on the agencies governing medical devices to inform them when a device causes harm. Unfortunately, until recently this has not been the case.
It may seem like using surgical robotic devices may be less risky than traditional surgical methods. After all, advances in technology may mean that large incisions and other surgical risks are minimized. However, Texans may be concerned to learn that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has issued a warning stating that the use of robotic devices in cancer operations may be unsafe.
In the wake of harm caused by metal hip and knee replacements and vaginal mesh, people in Texas may be concerned about any harmful side effects that may be present in the medical devices they need. Defective medical device litigation has resulted from the damages certain defective medical devices caused, but can anything be done to prevent these devices from reaching the marketplace in the first place?
It is not unusual for people in Texas to have plastic surgery, and one common form of plastic surgery is breast implants. Millions of women across the globe have breast implants, but this does not mean all implants are safe.
When a person in Texas receives an artificial hip, a pacemaker or some other type of medical device implanted in them, they naturally hope for an improved condition following the procedure. Unfortunately, defective medical devices are sometimes used, and until the defect is discovered and reported, will harm those who receive them.
Medical device companies have often promoted the use of spinal-cord stimulators to treat a litany of pain disorders. Considering our nation's opioid crisis, they may seem like a viable option for some Texans. They work by sending electrical currents throughout the spine via a battery that is implanted under the patient's skin and are controlled via an external remote control.
People in Texas who have a medical condition that can only be relieved through the implantation of a medical device, such as a stent or a hip implant, may be under the impression that the items placed in their bodies are safe and will have a positive impact on their health. Unfortunately, this is not always the case as defective medical devices sometimes slip through the cracks, harming patients. This may be especially concerning if it is found that companies manufacturing these devices may be avoiding recalling the device.